2018 NFL Draft

D.L. Wilhite, DE

School: Minnesota  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Lexington, KY
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
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12/28/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DT D.L. Wilhite is ending his career on a high note. The senior has 30 tackles, including 11 that have resulted in a loss of 62 yards. He has 8 1/2 sacks for a loss of 54 yards. - The Sports Xchange

12/04/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): DL D.L. Wilhite, Minnesota, has been selected Second Team All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Wilhite is the first Gopher to be named to one of the conference's postseason teams since wide receiver Eric Decker was named to the first team in 2009. He is the first Gopher be placed on the second team since Adam Weber, Jack Simmons, Traye Simmons and Willie VanDeSteeg were honored in 2008.

Wilhite paced a resurgent Gopher defensive line with 8.5 sacks, which was tied for second most in the Big Ten (his 11 tackles-for-loss ranked 11th in the league). His 8.5 sacks rank him seventh all-time in a single season for a Gopher, while his 15.5 career sacks place him sixth all-time. - Minnesota football

08/06/2012 - Top-five Minnesota prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. DE D.L. Wilhite...The returning sack leader for the Gophers, Wilhite has excelled off the field and in the classroom, but Minnesota fans are hoping that success translates to the field in 2012. Entering his third year as a starter, he has only 8.5 career sacks, but the Gophers coaching staff will be relying on him to be more productive as a senior. Wilhite was a two-star RB/DE recruit out of Kentucky and redshirted at Minnesota in 2008. After spending his freshman season as a reserve end, he tallied 3.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss and 30 tackles the past two years as a starter. Wilhite lacks ideal size and length to play with his hand on the ground and has only added 10-15 pounds since his senior year in high school. He is a high-energy rusher and plays fast, but really struggles to shed blocks at the point and doesn't use his limbs effectively to disengage. Wilhite, who has been recognized for his academic and philanthropic achievements, is an ambitious individual with a goal of double-digit sacks in 2012. And if he reaches that goal, the NFL will certainly know about it. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com